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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Recently Read: Graphic Novels #2

So I have been reading a lot of graphic novels lately, but I feel like they aren't long enough to write a full review on. My plan was to start pairing them, so you guys can still know my thoughts on these books!

Paying For It by Chester Brown
# of pages: 292
Average Rating: 3.6/5 vs My Rating: 1/5

Chester Brown has never shied away from tackling controversial subjects in his work. In his 1992 book, The Playboy, he explored his personal history with pornography. His bestselling 2003 graphic novel, Louis Riel, was a biographical examination of an extreme political figure. The book won wide acclaim and cemented Brown’s reputation as a true innovator. Paying for It is a natural progression for Brown as it combines the personal and sexual aspects of his autobiographical work with the polemical drive of Louis Riel. Brown calmly lays out the facts of how he became not only a willing participant in but a vocal proponent of one of the world’s most hot-button topics—prostitution. While this may appear overly sensational and just plain implausible to some, Brown’s story stands for itself. Paying for It offers an entirely contemporary exploration of sex work—from the timid john who rides his bike to his escorts, wonders how to tip so as not to offend, and reads Dan Savage for advice, to the modern-day transactions complete with online reviews, seemingly willing participants, and clean apartments devoid of clich├ęd street corners, drugs, or pimps.

My Thoughts
This is the first book that I have ever given one star. Before starting this, I didn't know what it was about - but I wish I had. If I had known what this book was about or known what pictures were included, I would not have read it. There was no character development, and it didn't have a very good story line. Overall, there was nothing that I enjoyed about this book.

Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel
# of pages: 267
Average Rating: 3.96/5 vs My Rating: 4/5

A page-turning adventure of a boy's journey to the land of ghosts and back. Imagine Garth Hale's surprise when he's accidentally zapped to the spirit world by Frank Gallows, a washed-out ghost wrangler. Suddenly Garth finds he has powers the ghosts don't have, and he's stuck in a world run by the evil ruler of Ghostopolis, who would use Garth's newfound abilities to rule the ghostly kingdom. When Garth meets Cecil, his grandfather's ghost, the two search for a way to get Garth back home, and nearly lose hope until Frank Gallows shows up to fix his mistake.

My Thoughts
This might be one of my favourite graphic novel that I have read! The pictures were so well done and beautiful, they made the story very enjoyable. I was so caught up and interested in this story that I couldn't put it down - I read it in a two hour sitting!

* Both of these books I read from the library *

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